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number 59

P O E T R Y
by Darrell Fike

Buddha at the Barbershop

The barber
tilts my head forward
in a prayerful pose

the clipper's buzz
fills my ear
like a humming chant

eyes close
breath comes goes
comes

and for a moment
this moment
is all there ever was

then the murmur
of the radio as he switches
to the scissors

tiny tips of silver
spilling from the comb
as he snips and smoothes

trimming away
what has been to make
room for what will be

then he swivels
me into my reflection
so that I might see

see the dead eyes
of the mounted deer heads
sparkle

see the scuffed linoleum floor tiles
and split vinyl chair cushions
shimmer

see the dusty bottles of miracle
root tonic and cans of scented talc
shine

and outside on the sidewalk
Buddha blesses the spinning
stripe of the barber pole

and steps inside.

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